...met with Akira Iwamoto (4th round) on Tuesday. Said Iwamoto, "I'd like to pitch [at Ichi-gun] in my first year. And since there's are requirements / limits on the Rookie of the Year Award, I'd like to try and win [while I can]." The Tigers are hoping he can do at least as good, if not better then Takumi Akiyama in his first season.
Nippon Ham Fighters
It seems the Nippon Ham Fighter won't let Yuki Saito (1st round) to walk around alone at spring camp. Said pitching coach Masato Yoshii, "We won't let him wander around by himself. I'd like to try and make sure he's always in a group of three or so." This isn't just about protecting him from fans, but also making sure he has someone to talk when he needs some advice or help (be it with pitching or with life). The Fighters are also thinking about adding more seats at Kamagaya and selling Saito merchandise.